Demoz Gebre-Egziabher

Demoz Gebre-Egziabher

Demoz Gebre-Egziabher

Professor, Director of the Minnesota Space Grant consortium, Department of Aerospace Engineering Mechanics


Akerman Hall
Room 121
110 Union Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ph.D., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, Stanford, 2002

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, The George Washington University, D.C., 1996

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, 1990

Research Lab | Research

Professional Background

Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2017-Present

Director, Minnesota Space Grant Consortium Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2017-Present

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2014-2019

Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2008-2017

Affiliate Faculty Member (Graduate Advising), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2002-Present

Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2002-2008

Research Staff and Graduate Research Assistant, Global Positioning System Laboratory, Stanford University, 1996-2002

System Engineer, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., 1990-1996


Scientific & Professional Societies

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Institute of Navigation (ION)
Research Interests

UMN Experts Page

Professor Gebre-Egziabher's area of research is in navigation, guidance and control of aerospace vehicles. A particular focus of his research is the application of estimation theory to the development of algorithms and design methodologies to optimally fuse the information from multiple sensors and systems. One of the challenges encountered when dealing with problems for aerospace applications or other safety and liability critical operations is being able to precisely quantify (in statistical terms) the level of reliability of the algorithms and systems. Example of the engineering application of his work are in the developmental attitude determination systems for satellites, high accuracy navigation of aircraft and evaluation operations of small autonomous aerial vehicles in the national airspace system. 

Teaching Subjects

  • AEM 2021 -- Statics and Dynamics
  • AEM 2301 -- Mechanics of Flight
  • AEM 3101 -- Mathematical Modeling and Simulation in Aerospace Engineering
  • AEM 4303W -- Flight Dynamics and Control
  • AEM 4305 -- Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control
  • AEM 5333 -- Design-to-Flight: Small Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles
  • AEM 8400 -- Research Seminar in Dynamics and Controls
  • AEM 8495 -- Selected Topics in Dynamical Systems and Controls
Currently Teaching Courses
AEM 5451 -- Optimal Estimation
AEM 8000 -- Seminar: Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

Honors and Awards

2015: Samuel M. Burka Award, Institute of Navigation (ION)

2015: Associate Fellow, AIAA/American Inst. of Aeronautics & Astronautics 

2012-2013: ONR, Sr Faculty Fellow, US Navy Research

2009-2011: ONR, Faculty Fellow, US Navy Research

2008: George W. Taylor Career Development Award for Excellence in Teaching 

2006-2008: McKnight Land-Grant Professorship 

Selected Publications

Runnels, J. T. & Gebre-Egziabher, D., 2017, "Recursive range estimation using astrophysical signals of opportunity", Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 40, Issue 9, p. 2201-2213, (Journal Article) 

J. Larsen and D. Gebre-Egziabher, 2017, "Conservatism Assessment of Extreme Value Theory Overbounds", IEEE Transaction on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, (Journal Article)

Y.Ketema, D.Gebre-Egziabher, 2016, "Experimentally Derived Kinetic Model for Sensor- Based Gait Monitoring", ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Vol. 138, No.1, (Journal Article) 

H.Mokhtarzadeh, D.Gebre-Egziabher, 2016, "Fusing Data with Unknown or Uncertain Level of Correlation", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, (Journal Article) 

H. Mokhtarzadeh and D. Gebre-Egziabher, 2016, "Networked UAV Navigation in GNSS-Stressed or Denied Environments", IEEE Transaction on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Volume: 52, No. 5. pp. 2539 - 2553, (Journal Article)


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